Bluepoint Technologies is extremely proud to report that one of its team members – Office Administrator, Laurie Cochrane – ran the London Marathon 2016 and raised almost £2,500 for cancer charity Bloodwise.
Laurie had previously undertaken half-marathons but her training for the 26.2-mile route around the capital began in the wintery month of January. Laurie followed a formal training plan and all running activities – ordinarily, three short runs plus one longer one per week (ultimately building up to 22 miles) – had to be fitted in around work and family commitments. Laurie describes her training as being straightforward and she was unwavering in her approach.
Laurie was determined to run the London Marathon as a dedication to her sister. She explains: “At the age of 21 my beautiful sister, Nicki, was diagnosed with Leukaemia. She died two years later, aged just 23. There were periods of time that she was very unwell but she lived her life to the absolute maximum, always smiling, always up for anything and never wallowing in any self pity. I miss her more now than ever. I wanted to run the London Marathon as, London is where we all feel Nicki is, certainly her spirit, and her ashes which we scattered into the Thames. It had long been my dream to run along the the Embankment and know that she will be right there with me.” On 24th April 2016, Laurie fulfilled her dream and was one of more than 39,000 runners on the start line of the London Marathon.
For the most part, Laurie says she found the atmosphere enthralling and the support from the crowds absolutely incredible. Indeed, according to Laurie, the crowds were deafeningly loud – particularly around the Cutty Sark (in Greenwich) – and spurred all the runners on throughout. Nevertheless, she also found parts of the marathon gruelling. She recalls: “At about the 16-mile mark, I was running through a tunnel so there was no crowd to support me and my legs were really feeling it and I felt dizzy. I think it was the pressure of the day and everything was a bit overwhelming but I pushed on and at about 21 miles, I saw my mum and dad and my children. Seeing them and having hugs helped me to the finish line.”
Laurie also gained inspiration from the fact that she was running to raise money for Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research), a charity that particularly supports people facing blood cancers, of which there are currently 137 varieties. So far Laurie has raised an impressive £2,355.17 and her Just Giving page remains open. Laurie was one of a number of runners raising money for Bloodwise and collectively, so far, they have raised almost £300,000.
Laurie finished in four hours and 52 minutes. She exclaims: “Running down The Mall was just a dream come true and I just felt incredibly proud to have finished!”
Unsurprisingly perhaps, Laurie was pretty sore for a few days after the marathon but she has recovered quickly and feels fine now. In fact, today she’s doing her first post-marathon run. She says: “I’m going to do 3.2 miles for Finish for David.” This follows a social media campaign asking runners to dedicate 3.2 miles this week to David Seath who, very sadly, collapsed and died at mile 23 of the London Marathon.
On Monday, the ballot opens for the London Marathon 2017 and Laurie affirms: “At 9am, I will be entering the ballot!” All the team at Bluepoint Technologies wishes Laurie every success with her application to the 2017 London Marathon and her on-going training.